Assessing the History of the Former USSR

9 December 2021 A special edition published originally in Spanish by the IWL-FI here. The debates amongst international fighters in the working class, particularly about how to confront the crisis of capitalism, are many. After almost two years living with a global pandemic that is far from being under control, we...

Special | Lessons from the Thirty Years Following the Collapse of the USSR

9 December 2021 In August 1991, mass demonstrations in Moscow and across the entire USSR brought down the dictatorial regime of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The process had been underway for a few years at that point. It began with the rebellion in Armenia in 1988; continuing...

Special | From the Republic of Soviets to the Stalinist Counterrevolution

December 12, 2021 The experience of the Paris Commune, the first instance of proletarian revolution, brought Marx and Engels to a transformative conclusion regarding their understanding of the State. Unlike prior revolutionary processes, the conquest of political power by the revolutionary proletariat should not result in the adoption and application...

Special | Stalinism and Trotskyism: Reassessing their Legacies in the Face of Eastern European Upheaval

By Martín Hernández Originally published in Spanish in the magazine Correo Internacional no. 17, May 2017, 44-47. Translated by Dolores Underwood from this article When the masses overthrew Stalinist regimes, the bourgeoisie made a simplistic and crude analysis: “the masses defeated socialism, and capitalism has proven itself superior.” However, not even...

Special | Trotsky’s Prediction of the Restoration of Capitalism in the USSR

When the dissolution of the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) was declared in December 1991, a debate began that has continued until today about the causes of the collapse and the historical and political significance of this event. By Alejandro Iturbe Translated from Spanish by Rita Brown There are four generally...

Special | Molotov-Ribbentrop: Hitler and Stalin’s Pact to Divide Europe

December 17, 2021 On September 22, 1939, the 4th battalion of the Soviet 29th light tank brigade entered the city of Brest-Litovsk. Escorted by German motorcyclists from Hitler’s army, they paraded beneath “Victory Arches” erected for the occasion and decorated with red stars and swastikas by Vanessa C. Valverde, translated to...

The revolutions in the East and their place in history

The end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s were marked worldwide by enormous revolutionary processes in Eastern Europe. In the course of just a few years, the post-world war order changed. By: Iván Rabochi The borders and spheres of influence agreed by the victorious powers at Yalta and...

Special | Russia under Putin

The restoration of capitalism carried out by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU in the USSR in the 1980s led, as Trotsky had predicted in the 1930s, to a fall in the population’s standard of living equivalent to that experienced during times of war. By Diego Russo The...

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